Julianne Gearhart

Julianne Gearhart

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

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2014Handel: AgrippinaAgrippina
2013Cavalli: ArtemisiaArtemisia
2013Haydn: Mass No. 11, Hob. XXII/11, D minor (Nelson Mass)Soprano
2012Gluck: Orfeo ed EuridiceAmour
2011Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patriaFortuna, Melanto


    Soprano Julianne Gearhart is quickly becoming known on both sides of the Atlantic for her remarkable theatrical presence as well as the crystalline quality of her singing. She started her career as a devoted singer of Strauss, singing Zerbinetta for numerous companies including The Grand Theatre de Geneve and the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, and Der Rosenkavalier’s Sophie for the Seattle Opera and in her German debut for Theater Lübeck.   Gearhart's relationship with Seattle has been close and longstanding. She made her mainstage debut in Seattle as Helen Niles in the premiere of the revised Mourning Becomes Electra. Other roles followed, including Woglinde and the Waldvogel in their Ring Cycle as well as a relationship with the Seattle Symphony, where she most recently sang Poulenc’s Gloria, and for whom she has also sung Bach's notoriously difficult Cantata #51, Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen. In August of 2012 she reprised the Bach for the White Mountain Bach Festival.   Gearhart’s repertoire extends past Richard Strauss and Bach cantatas to the early Baroque, where she sang the title role this season in the North American Premiere of Francesco Cavalli’s Artemisia, to Melanto and Fortuna in  Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, and into the classical period with Amor in Gluck’s Orphée and numerous Haydn Masses.     Gearhart made her Italian debut at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Sardinia, as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She also sang Blonde for the Vlaamse Opera’s 2010 production. She has  performed with the Edinburgh Festival, Opera North, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Seattle Symphony, The Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York, Port Angeles Symphony, Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy, Grieg Choral Festival in Bergen, Norway, Chamber Music Amarillo, New Israeli Opera, and the Grand Theatre Geneve. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing under the baton of Maestro Rutter in Handel’s Messiah and Rutter’s Magnificat. Her roles include Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, the First Niece in Peter Grimes, Oscar in Ballo in Maschera, Gilda in Rigoletto, Nanetta in Falstaff, Amour in Orphée et Euridice, Olympia in The Tales of Hoffman, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Helen Niles in Mourning becomes Electra, and Marzelline in Fidelio.     A MacAllister finalist and winner of the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria, Gearhart's performances have been praised as: "the sonic equivalent of a crystal chandelier", by the Opera Critic. Her 2009 appearance with the opera in Seattle in the Ring Cycle, as Woglinde and the Forest Bird, was hailed as both “spectacular”, by the San Francisco Opera Examiner, and “stellar”, by KING FM radio. Noted as one of “Who’s Hot?: New Talents to Watch” by Great Britain’s OperaNow, Gearhart was called “poised to make a mark in Operaland…sang with Ophelia-like innocence that was both sweet and touching, and her Zerbinetta had patrons' heads spinning with the bouyant charm and sparkle of her vocal acting", and in other press, she "proved her worth as a singing actress...a bewitchingly artless Sophie" (Seattle Times), and " sang like an angel,...Gearhart was pretty and pristine, her voice as pure as falling water" by Opera News.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Handel: Agrippina Agrippina Immediately Boston Baroque 2014
Cavalli: Artemisia Artemisia Helios Early Opera 2013
Haydn: Mass No. 11, Hob. XXII/11, D minor (Nelson Mass) Soprano Immediately Riverside Philharmonic 2013
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice Amour Immediately Seattle Opera 2012
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Fortuna, Melanto Vlaamse Opera 2011